Panel: The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices
This paper presents findings from a pilot research project called the Junior Audio-Video Club. Conducted at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy,the project introduced media production skills along with concepts of recombinant and transmedia storytelling to two groups of four- and five-year old preschool students over the course of a 16-week curriculum. Through an account of our experimental pedagogical approaches, and through an examination of student-produced media artifacts, this paper aims to identify key insights and challenges to the pursuit of early childhood media arts education, and to explore ways in which art practice as a research methodology can inform practical approaches to collaborative curriculum design, facilitation of pre-linear creative expression, and promotion of media literacy skills as an integrated component of early childhood literacy education.
- Gabriel Peters-Lazaro is a PhD student in the iMAP Media Arts + Practice program at the University of Southern California where he also serves as the media design lead for Institute for Multimedia Literacy. His research focuses on the integration of media arts practice within institutions and pedagogies of early childhood and special needs education. His work is informed by action research methodologies. His presentation will discuss a media arts education pilot research project for pre-schoolers called “The Junior AV Club”. Video: Junior AV Club Timelapse: Real world RoboLogic
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